City:  Oberhausen
Date:  Jun 1, 2024

Master Thesis »Development of chalkogen-based electrocatalysts for electrolysis applications«

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

As one of 76 institutes and research facilities of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the leading organization for applied research in Europe, we show how to not only master crises, but grow from them. Pushing boundaries. Always trying something new. Not just thinking, but thinking ahead. We turn research into the future.


We want an earth that is worth living on. With our applied research on Circular Economy, Carbon Management, Green Hydrogen and Local Energy Systems, we make concrete contributions to achieving the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our employees conduct research in the areas of energy, environment, safety, health, communication and mobility.


To advance defossilization efforts and promote the establishment of green energy supply, it is crucial to provide sustainable energy carriers and base chemicals. This requires the development of robust, efficient, and cost-effective catalysts for essential technologies like electrochemical water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction. The objective of this thesis is to use a combination of mechanochemical and thermal methods to synthesize  new electrocatalyst materials based on metal chalcogenides. These catalysts will be applied in electrolysis, with a specific focus on CO2 electroreduction and water electrolysis.


What you will do

  • Synthesis & characterisation of heterogeneous electrocatalysts 
  • Electrode preparation: integration of the prepared catalysts into electrode systems
  • Planning and execution of experiments on CO2 electroreduction and water electrolysis
  • Preparation and presentation of research results


What you bring to the table

  • Ongoing studies in chemistry or related studies with completed Bachelor's degree 
  • Experience in synthesizing and characterizing inorganic solid state materials
  • A solid foundational understanding of electrochemistry
  • Structured, independent working style, creativity, flexibility and ability to work in a team
  • Experience in scientific research
  • Very good English language skills


What you can expect

  • As part of a dynamic team, you actively drive sustainable solutions for a resource-efficient future

  • Opportunity to combine your knowledge from your studies with practical experience at the interface between business and science and to integrate your own ideas

  • New Work, diversity and cooperative interaction are important components of our strategic orientation

  • Flexible working hours - we know that your studies come first

  • Flexible work locations that fit your studies - mobile work and on-site work are combined as needed

  • Intense support for the preparation of your final thesis

  • Health and mindfulness programs for good balance

  • You can find even more attractive benefits here: Fraunhofer UMSICHT as employer



The weekly working time is 39 hours. We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this position:


Dr. Julia Jökel: +49 208 8598-1620
Dr. Mathias Smialkowski: +49 208 8598-1630

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT 


Requisition Number: 73199                


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